Are you tired of the phrase 'OK Boomer' yet? Originating from the exasperation and futility of arguing with people who approach the world's problems from a position of security and privilege, the meme has quickly morphed into a lame conversation killer, mindlessly and derisively parroted by people who disagree with anyone who happens to be older than them.

I blame the online culture of 'savage putdowns,' 'mic-drops' and 'word murders' for this – we have come to believe that the way to 'win' a debate is to flounce out with a particularly biting or amusing insult, at the expense of logic and reason. 'OK Boomer' is not clever, and it's not even funny anymore. It's smug, boring and counterproductive.

This post highlights the generational divide that we face today, as younger people share the out-of-touch advice that they have received from their elders. Because let's face it, the structural inequality, economic insecurity and environmental destruction that Millenials and Gen X'ers have inherited are a direct result of the selfish, greedy neoliberal policies championed by Boomers over the last 30 years.

Understandably, the younger generations are a bit upset at their comparative lack of opportunities and are even more frustrated by the absence of understanding and empathy shown in useless pieces of 'advice' like this. But it works both ways. Whilst Boomers could better educate themselves as to the realities of the modern world, and acknowledge that the kind of lifestyles they enjoyed are excessive, damaging and no longer attractive or attainable; casually dismissing the opinions and life experience of older people with thoughtless phrases like 'OK Boomer' ultimately achieves nothing but more division and even less understanding.

What do you think? How can we better bridge the gaps between generations to have more useful, constructive debates and discussions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

Amen!

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

Lots of people are putting their heads in the sand on this topic. It's a mystery to me as to why.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Nope. Even the pre-boomer generation wouldn't give you that advice. I'm a boomer but my father always told me to follow the money. If you can get more money working elsewhere then don't hang around and move on.

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Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

Well...I MAY see some flaws in the plan...

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

So simple and effective, if only more people knew

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Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

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That’s nice but not true in most cases now.

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Willem Groenewald
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1 year ago

Making that follow up call makes a big difference. I immigrated, and was applying to tons of jobs online. For weeks I received no replies and no interviews. I then started to call just after each submission. That same day I got two interviews lined up.

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John Montgomery
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1 year ago

It's nice to know that's changing.

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Monday
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1 year ago

Stand by your man seems like good advice....why is he your man if you're not gonna be there for him?

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

MAGA = Mad Americans Going Ape

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Can’t imagine my hubby concreting whilst wearing a suit and tie. Impractical, unsafe and uncomfortable.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago

Let's reverse that: "If you pay me more I might be willing to work harder."

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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

Then they'll tell you you're spoilt for eating out

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Tambot
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1 year ago

Again, if you need something ask. I am starving, could I please have food might be a good start.

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John Montgomery
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1 year ago

No. It shows stupidity.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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1 year ago

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Not sure i understand the anger in this one. Even if you want to do something that doesn't need a degree at least a degree will give you something to fall back on.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

Yeah, and?

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

It's certainly not easy to get a job like that but if you do, then yes, it won't feel like work. I was like that practically all the time I was a teacher. I used to walk through the school sometimes and think "This is my job! I'm being paid for this!"

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

People really fail to grasp the relative decrease in income compared to the increase in cost of living that has happened over the last 50 years. A minimum wage job used to be a living wage. Now you need about three such jobs to stand a chance.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

That second sentence makes sense!

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Tambot
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1 year ago

Sometimes that's the case...

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kathleen
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1 year ago

my husband working 40+ years at a major international company just had his pension frozen, anyone new coming in doesn't even get the option, screwed at every turn

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Lisa loves cats
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1 year ago

Well... umm... ok

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Kostas
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1 year ago

'murica

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

There's an article out there somewhere, that showed you could pay your way through Harvard on minimum wage with something like an average of four hours work a day, and now you would need to work 72 hours a day to achieve the same (not the exact figures, but something equally crazy).

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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

Lol, it's not like a cat, you can't just leave them with an automatic feeder

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Wietse Pot
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1 year ago

They should follow their own advice. Or is this one of those "Do as I say, don't do as I do" things?

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Unwelcomed Guest
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1 year ago

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I always answer this by saying I will be in their bosses seat (less threatening to the person interviewing) they usually laugh it off and tell me it took them 12 years to reach their position. Always got the job and reached their position in 2-3 years, completely freaks them out

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White Raven
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1 year ago

True, but we're speeding up the process

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

WTF is a tankie?

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